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Western Sydney Uni and India's Ministry of AYUSH signs MoU for research in Ayurvedic Medicine

News published by NRI Herald, 03 September 2021

Western Sydney Uni and India's Ministry of AYUSH signs MoU for research Ayurvedic Medicine

Western Sydney University is the first Australian university to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Government’s Ministry of AYUSH to appoint an Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Medicine.


The collaboration will build capacity for the evidenced-based validation of Ayurvedic medicine and aligned inventions such as Ayurveda herbal medicine, yoga and meditation.


The MoU was signed by Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, and Professor Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH at a virtual ceremony held today. It was an virtual signature ceremony between Ayush and University of Western Sydney.


Also attending and delivering an address at the event were Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary from the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India; the Honourable Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government; the Honourable Dr Geoff Lee MP, NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, NSW Government; High Commission of India’s High Commissioner, His Excellency, Mr Manpreet Vohra; and His Excellency, Mr Ian Biggs, Australian High Commission’s Deputy High Commissioner to India.


In the Information shared with you by Dr Naveen Shukla (Vice President Australasian Association of Ayurveda) with NRI Herald, multiple delegates from India and Australia attended the virtual ceremony.

 India's AYUSH ministry's Professor Nesari & WSU's Professor glover.
Actual snapshot of the MoU signing ceremony

The below video shows the signing ceremony of India's AYUSH ministry's Professor Nesari & WSU's Professor glover.

Professor Glover said:

the new academic chair will elevate the existing research partnership between All Indian Institute of Ayurveda and Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute, and will have a significant impact on the scientific evaluation and internationalisation of Ayurvedic medicine.

Professor Nesari said:

“We are delighted to progress further our partnership with Western Sydney University and our collaborative research endeavours.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi said earlier this year at the Global Ayurveda Festival 2021, that ‘Ayurveda could rightly be identified as a holistic human science. The effect and power of Ayurveda and conventional medicine are tremendous, from the plants to your plate, from physical strength to mental wellbeing.’

Honourable High commissioner of India to Australia Manpreet Vohra during his address said:

Honourable Dr Geoff Lee MP, NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, NSW Government during his address said:

As per Western Sydney University:


The chair will be based at Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute, located on the Westmead campus with tenure for a period of three years.


The appointment of the chair is jointly funded by the Ministry of AYUSH and Western Sydney University and anticipated to commence early in 2022.




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